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Back To Campus 2022

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Back To Campus 2022

This year, orientation events at OCAD University feature an exciting mix of online and in-person activities designed specifically for first-year undergraduate and graduate students. Virtual and in-person events are on now and run almost every day until September 14.  
Read on for event highlights designed to support your success starting the new academic year at OCAD U. Find the full list of orientation events (there are lots!) at In addition to the events that all students are welcome to, Indigenous, international and mature students are encouraged to check out activities that have been organized just for them! 

Also, new and first-year undergraduate students are invited to participate in a unique OCAD U tradition, the annual face2face: virtual exhibition organized by Campus Life. Introduce yourself to the community by sending a self-portrait, in any medium, and you could win some fun prizes. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Life in Transit(ion) 
Wednesday, August 31 | 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Online | Microsoft Teams 

In this web session, the various transitions (changes) that international students may face will discussed, along with the impacts of transitions on wellness and academic success, tips on living through transitions and resources that OCAD U’s Student Wellness Centre can provide to support international students as they live out their values while navigating transitions. 
Audience: International Students 
Presented by: International Student Support Office & Student Wellness Centre (SWC) 


Welcome Day for New Undergraduate Students 
Tuesday, September 6 | 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
100 McCaul St. 

New undergraduate students are invited to join us on campus to kick off the academic year! The day will include: 

- a special welcome 
- information sessions  
- Service Expo 
- the Annual Above Ground Art Supplies Materials Fair  
- Community Fair  
- Free lunch courtesy of Salad King 
- Corn roast by Mr. Corn 

Can't attend in person? Be sure to tune into OCAD U LiVE for live coverage. Are you a returning student who would like to attend the 2022 Community Fair as part of orientation? Register here.
Audience: Undergraduate Students 
Presented by: Campus Life & OCAD Student Union (SU)  


Graduate Studies Social 
Wednesday, September 7 | 4 to 7 p.m. 
Graduate Gallery | Room 104, 205 Richmond St. W. 

Calling all Graduate Studies students! Join the Student Union’s Executive Director of Graduate Studies Kalina Nedelcheva for food, activities and socializing. Get to know one another and contribute to a collaborative artwork for the chance to win a prize! 
Audience: Graduate Students 
Presented by: OCAD Student Union (SU) 


Xpace Back to School Party  
Friday, September 9 | 7 to 10 p.m. 
Xpace Cultural Centre | 303 Lansdowne Ave. 

All students are invited to Xpace Culture Centre, the gallery and cultural space funded by you, OCAD U students and run by the Student Union, to celebrate the beginning of the school year and the 2022/23 programming year! Check out work by three OCAD U alums while jamming out to a DJ and munching on some snacks. Get to know a little bit about the artist-run centre and network with other creatives.  

Audience: Graduate Students & Undergraduate Students 
Presented by: Xpace Cultural Centre & OCAD Student Union (SU)  


Artist Alley 
Saturday, September 10 | 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Sunday, September 11 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Great Hall | Level 2, 100 McCaul Street 
Coordinated by OCAD U students, OCAD Artist Alley is a biannual pop-up market featuring local emerging artists and small businesses owned by OCAD University students and alumni. This year, we are returning in-person with two days of 50+ artists setting up shop. 

Audience: Graduate Students & Undergraduate Students 
Presented by: OCAD Artist Alley 


Indigenous OCAD U: Meet & Greet & Dish with One Spoon Lunch 
Wednesday, September 14 | 12 to 2 p.m. 
113 McCaul St. | Room 410 
Join the Indigenous Student Centre and the Indigenous Visual Culture program for Indian Tacos, refreshments and a meet and greet with Indigenous faculty and staff.

Audience: Indigenous Graduate Students, Indigenous Undergraduate Students & Indigenous Community Members 
Presented by: Indigenous Student Centre (ISC) & Indigenous Visual Culture Program